Another way of looking at Stress

Another way of looking at Stress

For many years I have been aware of the way that stress can be harmful to your health. Then one day, a few years ago I saw Kelly McGonigal's TED Talk, How to make stress your friend. It has completely changed the way I think about and talk about stress. This is a...

Introducing Bec

Introducing Bec

This is me; Bec (one of the nutritionists at Informed Health) and my daughter Penny. I am a mother of a social, outgoing and crazy toddler. On 13 April 2020 at 10am, in the first lockdown, after being in hospital for 12 hours; the most beautiful baby girl was born. My...

If not now, when?

If not now, when?

If you make better health choices now, you are likely to be on less pills and have more independence later! Most of us say that we’ll worry about our health later - when we’re ready to drop the bad habits. We might get away with this in our 20's and 30's, but for many...

How to manage difficult and stressful times

How to manage difficult and stressful times

One of life's certainties is that we will all experience challenging times, so we can all benefit from having strategies to manage ourselves through those times. It is a good idea to practice these strategies in less stressful times too, this will ensure they are easy...

Eating to Nourish

Eating to Nourish

AS A SOCIETY WE ARE OBSESSED WITH THE RULES ABOUT WHAT WE EAT, HOWEVER WE RARELY CONSIDER HOW WE EAT. How you eat has a huge influence on your ability to digest, absorb nutrients, use calories and keep your body in rest and digest mode rather than in fight flight...

Do you Emotional Eat?

Do you Emotional Eat?

Is Emotional Eating a problem? Emotional eating is very common and is not necessarily a problem. In this modern world, we often live very busy and stressed lives, we use various methods to manage stress, numb and comfort ourselves, and food is one of these. Other...

World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day

14 November was World Diabetes Day. Australia’s “National Diabetes Strategy 2021-2030” was released and finally the Australian policy mentions the opportunity for remission of type 2 diabetes, including a low carbohydrate dietary approach for the first time! Yes,...

How do you get all your ducks in a row?

How do you get all your ducks in a row?

A common mistake I have noticed that people make with their goals is thinking that they need to get all their ducks in a row first. I don't know if you've ever watched a mother duck and seen how she gets all of her ducks in a row? She certainly doesn't stand there and...

Do you struggle with low energy?

Do you struggle with low energy?

Many people struggle with their energy and find it hard to maintain energy throughout the day. This post will focus on the nutritional strategies for managing energy; we will look at other causes in a separate post. Some of the more common causes of energy drops and...

My 50th Birthday week

My 50th Birthday week

The important moments in life are not always the biggest things. In fact, they are often the small things, the smile, the joke, the shared cuppa, the chat, the magical moments of connection.

Happiness is something you cultivate by looking for moments of beauty, truth and connection and find moments for gratitude in every day life. Don’t miss it by not being present.

Digestive Health and Nutrient Deficiencies

Digestive Health and Nutrient Deficiencies

Digestive health starts well before you are born. It starts with the health or your parents pre-conception and with mum’s health during pregnancy. The first inoculation of good bacteria you get to support your gut/immune system from the outside world is from mum on...

Is it wrong to find pleasure in food?

Is it wrong to find pleasure in food?

Yes food is a fuel and it is essential to understand this fact, however, food is also a great source of pleasure and attached to many cultural and religious rituals. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. In fact, enjoying good food is one of life’s great pleasures! The issue is much more complex!

Complete Protein Balls

Complete Protein Balls

Complete Protein BallsIngredients 8 medjool dates (pits pulled out)2T coconut water (room temperature if possible)1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)1 cup blanched almond meal1/4 cup Miessence Complete Protein1/4 cup cacao   Method 1. Soak the medjool dates in coconut...

Choc Banana Smoothie

Choc Banana Smoothie

Choc Banana Smoothie½ banana frozen ½ avocado 1 T cacao1 hand full of baby spinach leaves200ml of coconut water Serves 1Cals 357Protein 5gFat 18gCarbs 20g

Turmeric Coconut Mince

Turmeric Coconut Mince

Turmeric Coconut Mince 1 carrot chopped1 red capsicum roughly chopped½ brown onion roughly chopped500g free range pork or grass fed beef mince1 tin Ayam full fat coconut milk (275g)1t ground turmeric½t ground ginger½t ground cumin1 tin chickpeas rinsed (400g)200g...

The rise of the barbie doll

The rise of the barbie doll

I have noticed over the past 10 years a rise in women who look like barbie dolls or animated caricature style characters. It is not new for women to want to look their best whether it be with make up, fashion, piercings, exercise, diet and sometimes surgery. However...

Tips for Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Tips for Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Before you make any New Year’s Resolutions, my suggestion is you start with this little but very important exercise. Forgive yourself, yes, that’s right, forgive yourself. Forgive yourself for all the resolutions you haven’t kept in the past, hanging on to shame about the past is not useful if you want to change the future, it will only hold you back. If you begin to cultivate gratitude and joy, have self compassion, letting go of perfection, you will be well on your way to achieving your goals.

Are you on a Fad Diet?

Are you on a Fad Diet?

Interestingly the DAA who call a fad diet “a restrictive diet that often eliminates entire food groups”, and uses this as their justification for being anti paleo and LCHF (low carbohydrate healthy fat) also promote vegetarian and vegan diets to be healthy, by definition these are diets that are a “restrictive diet that often eliminates entire food groups”. I understand why the public are confused, I am too!

It is important that if you are receiving dietary advice from government authorities and health authorities, that it is based on science and is in no way influenced by the junk food industry or religious groups.

World Mental Health Day 2018

World Mental Health Day 2018

The reality is the vast majority of people affected by mental illness are able to lead independent and contributing lives in the community, with the right treatment and support. With one in five Australians affected, they form part of our close circles of family, friends and colleagues, and interact with us in our communities every day.

Can depression be driven by junk food?

Poor diet leads to inflammation of not just the gut but the whole body, known as “systemic inflammation”. Dr Lassale from the department of epidemiology and public health at University College London  explained that “chronic inflammation can affect mental health by transporting pro-inflammatory molecules into the brain, it can also affect the molecules – neurotransmitters – responsible for mood regulation”.

Signs of Stroke – do you know what to look for?

Signs of Stroke – do you know what to look for?

This year, Stroke Foundation is encouraging Australians to discover how easy it is to fit healthy habits into their day and do their part to prevent stroke. This is a topic close to my heart as I have suffered from several small strokes (infarcts) in my early to mid-twenties and I still have permanent brain damage. These happened to me during migraines (yes you can have a stroke caused by a migraine).

The Importance of Sleep

The Importance of Sleep

The Importance of Sleep and How to Improve It Poor sleep habits are becoming a big issue for many people in this modern world. Common things that interfere with sleep are: drugs, alcohol, chemicals, stress, pain, breathing issues and work. Why it is important to get...

Love to travel but hate Tummy bugs?

Love to travel but hate Tummy bugs?

Love to travel but hate tummy bugs? Bali Belly, Delhi Belly Many popular places to travel to unfortunately have "dodgy" water including South East Asia, southern Europe and parts of Africa. It is great to travel however if you get a tummy bug it can ruin your holiday....